The annual Ellon Pedal Car Race returned to the town centre last weekend and organisers have hailed the event as a huge success.
The event, held on Sunday, August 20, is now a firm fixture in the town’s calendar.
A 700-metre circuit was formed around Bridge Street, Station Road and Market Street for the drivers to race.
The morning saw a series of five age group cycle races take place for entrants aged eight to 16, attracting 140 riders, some travelling great distances to compete.
Ythan Cycle Club’s Colin Allanachsaid: “These races are held under the auspices of Scottish Cycling and on show were many of the country’s up and coming stars. They prove popular every year and give the riders the opportunity to compete on a closed road town centre circuit which is often difficult to arrange.”
Ellon JogScotland organised a one-mile Fun Run which saw around 150 runners of all ages take part with some even wearing fancy dress.
The run was followed by the inaugural Ellon Cartie Derby with a number of youngsters in teams of two driving and pushing the carts down Bridge Street to the Finishing Line on Market Street.
Despite a couple of tumbles all riders enjoyed the experience and the race organisers wish to record their thanks to Ellon Men’s Shed who made 10 carts for the event.
The Cartie Derby was sponsored by Cranetek.
Ellon and District British Legion Pipe Band entertained the growing crowd before marching ahead of a procession of pedal cars round the circuit.
Taking pride of place at the front of the procession was Molly’s Toybox, a specially-commissioned pink Scania tipper lorry owned by the Pedal Car Race main sponsor, Jim Jamieson Quarries.
All sides of the lorry feature cartoon figures which prove popular with all age groups and it is regularly used to help raise funds for charity.
Aberdeen FC striker Adam Rooney kicked off the main event which saw 20 pedal cars, with teams of four, battle it out for the honour of completing the most laps in the allotted time of 45 minutes.
Some huffed and puffed their way round whilst others suffered the odd breakdown or two, all of which thoroughly entertained the appreciative crowd of around 2500.
MSP Gillian Martin, who decided to enter a team after watching the event for the first time last year, had the youngest driver in the race in ten-year-old Hazel Sangster, whose dad Billy was also in the team. As with last year when their car failed to complete a lap, Ellon City Church won the best dressed team award, although this year they only managed three laps.
The race winners were the Ythan Cycle Club White team, completing a total of 27 laps, two more than the Ythanview Hotel, Methlick team and four ahead of their clubmates,Ythan Cycle Club Blues.
Adam Rooney presented the prizes to the winners.
Race Chairman on behalf of Ellon Rotary, Mike Watson, said the day “provided great weather, a great crowd and a great atmosphere”.
He added: “Once again I am grateful to all those who made the event possible.
“A lot of hard work goes into making the day happen and it is very satisfying to see everyone enjoying themselves and help raise funds for our chosen charity, Friends of Anchor.
“It looks as if we may exceed last year’s charity donation of £12,000.
“We had some teams entering for the first time and vowing to come back again, others have promised to build their own car and challenge for honours next time round.
“I would like to express my thanks to all those who helped sponsor the event, in particular our main sponsor, Jim Jamieson Quarries, Ellon.”